Five years have indeed passed quickly and, together, we have accomplished a great deal. Much, nonetheless, remains to be done as we embrace what Dartmouth is and what Dartmouth can be. The strategic plan, released in the summer of 2002, outlines goals for each part of this great institution, and they form the core of the upcoming campaign. More immediately, my top priorities are as follows:

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It is our goal to provide the best student experience and the best undergraduate education in the country. We provide a scale that is personal; a sense of shared, collaborative learning; and a faculty committed to teaching and to working with students. These same values mark the graduate programs as they seek to provide the finest experience for their students, and to do this with faculties who are engaged in the work shaping their fields.

Dartmouth attracts and retains the very best faculty and students in the world and together they make magical things happen. Some of my most gratifying moments as president have included listening to my faculty colleagues talk about their passion for teaching, for a particular area of research, and the relationship between the two; attending student recitals, presentations, and athletic events; meeting informally with students to hear about their experiences and aspirations; participating in recruitment activities and tenure deliberations; meeting with alumni to renew their bonds with the College; and working with my colleagues in the faculty and administration to steward this wonderful institution.

Dartmouth did not become Dartmouth over the last two and one-third centuries by timidity, by complacency, by an absence of ambition. The College is a place vitalized and continually revitalized by a sense of energy and of ambition. I have been honored to serve as Dartmouth's president, and I am eager, with the Dartmouth community, to continue to advance the good work of this great place.

Posted 8 December 2003
Photos by Joseph Mehling '69
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